AUGUST PROGRAM – BOB AGNEW – PAINT STRIPPING DEMONSTRATION
Our program for the August 6 meeting will begin at 7:00 with a presentation by Bob Agnew of his new
paint stripping equipment. Bob has had high praise for this new technique, both because it can remove
rust (unlike soda blasting) and do so without distorting the base metal, as might be the case with sand
blasting. So come a half hour early and see the equipment in action.
PLEASE NOTE: All meetings include Show & Tell. Members are encouraged to bring items to share.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 p.m., Old Car Garage, following Bob Agnew’s paint-stripping
demonstration at 7:00.
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED BY: Jeff & Beth Jackson and Art & Betty Leupold.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH GROUP: Saturday, August 17, at 8:00 a.m., we will meet at the Smith’s at
Tramway and Central to take a short drive to Moriarty. There are several restaurants in Moriarty to chose
AUGUST ACTIVITY: August 11, NMCCC All Clubs Picnic. See the August Activity article for details.
CLUB TOUR: We are sponsoring a tour of Northern New Mexico on October 14-18, 2013. Please see
article in this newsletter.
CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at http://abqfordflatheadv8.com/.
NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., Jay Hertz’ home, 8704 La Sala Del Sur,
NE. Jay’s home phone number is 296.3137. See article in this newsletter for details. Members are
MEETING REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS 2013
August Jeff & Beth Jackson / Art & Betty Leupold September John & Betty Shelton
October Bob Mathes / Bob Payne November Larry & Meg Williams / Jim & Joyce Clements
December Holiday Party
We need another refreshment volunteer for September.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FOR AUGUST 2013
Jay Hertz, President
Just as Henry Ford was the founder and mastermind behind Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford II was
the company’s savior. This is the view of noted Ford historian Robert Lacey in his book, “Ford, the Men
and the Machine,” Little, Brown and Company, 1986.
You might ask why a company as large and successful as Ford Motor needed a savior. Recent memory
of the federal bailout reminds us that there are American companies that actually are too big or important
to fail, in the view of our government. But the old timers who remember the 1940s will recall an era when
government was not prepared or equipped to step in to avert the financial failure of private enterprises.
Dozens of car companies failed in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. In those days, large corporations
depended on personal initiative and genius of individuals. HF II was one such man.
In the mid-1940s, Ford Motor Company suffered from stagnation in virtually every department including
upper management. Henry Ford was just a few years away from death. His son Edsel, while a creative
genius at auto styling, was never able to gain control of the company or make a big impact on its
profitability. Edsel was himself nearing death. Edsel had suffered from stomach ailments nearly his
whole life. He had undergone an operation for the removal of half his stomach in January, 1942, the
result of cancer. Edsel died May 26, 1943, survived by his father Henry and by his children, the oldest
of which was HF II.
As World War II approached, Ford Motor Company had fallen to third in sales, behind Chevrolet and
Chrysler. It had only 17% of the pre-war American market, a far cry from the Model T and Model A
heydays. Its engineering was behind the times, still wedded to some of the antiquated engineering
features that had done so well a decade or two earlier. Ford’s V8 engines still suffered from overheating.
Ford was way behind GM in developing an automatic transmission. It lacked independent front
suspensions that GM had debuted in 1934. From the standpoint of styling, many consumers thought
Ford’s designs to be too stodgy, too tall, too little streamlined. To make matters worse, Ford Motor
Company had been battling the labor unions since at least 1932, and was heavily distracted by that
problem. Finally, the accounting department of the company was operating under decades-old practices.
One story about the accounting department (which Henry Ford admitted was true) shows how backwards
it was: Instead of using modern cost analysis, the Ford accounting department determined the cost of
a product by gathering all of the related invoices and weighing them on a postage scale!
HF II was actively involved with the company ever since he completed his schooling. “Completed” may
be the wrong word because, despite attending Detroit University School, Hotchkiss, and Yale, he never
graduated. He was a mediocre student at best. He drank heavily. He cavorted just as much. He had
become an ensign at Great Lakes Naval Training School near Chicago but he never served in the armed
forces. Not that he was unwilling; he remembered the embarrassment his grandfather suffered as a draft
evader during World War I, and he wished to avoid that. Rather, in 1943, the Willow Run plant, which
was necessary to the war effort, was in shambles, and the War Department issued HF II an honorable
release from service so he could run the plant.
But HF II faced at least two big hurdles in managing anything at Ford Motor: his grandfather Henry
distrusted him, and HF II did not get along with Harry Bennett. In particular, HF II thought Harry Bennett
was responsible for his father’s (Edsel’s) health problems and eventual death. Despite these hurdles,
HF II had an ally in the person of his mother, Eleanor. She was a strong person and knew how to use
her influence. In part through Eleanor’s efforts, HF II was made executive vice president of Ford Motor
Company in April, 1944. That placed him over Harry Bennett, at least on paper, and made him second
in command, behind Henry. But HF II wanted the presidency, seeing how ineffective his grandfather had
become at running the company. But Henry was very reluctant to confer that much power on his
grandson, at least until Eleanor intervened. She got her way by threatening Henry that she would sell
all her shares of stock in the company unless her son was advanced to the presidency. Under this
pressure, Henry stepped aside, reluctantly, in September, 1945.
HF II’s first official act was to discharge Harry Bennett. (That must have taken some nerve, given
Bennett’s power and reputation.) Second, he amassed a team of young, intellectual, community-minded
men which became known as the Whiz Kids to overhaul the company’s management departments. The
Whiz Kids included Arjay Miller (Air Corps officer expert at cost analysis), Charles “Tex” Thornton (Air
Corps colonel expert in management), Robert McNamara (then on the faculty of Harvard Business
School), and Ed Lundy (in the Economics Department at Princeton). All were young, self-assured, and
capable. Then, there was Ernest Breech. Breech was not a Whiz Kid, but he seems to have done at
least as much with his lowly accountancy background as the Whiz Kids as a whole. In Breech’s earlier
career, he had helped turn around ailing companies like Frigidaire and Bendix. He helped John Hertz
convert a taxicab and car rental agency into a national giant. Breech gained national notoriety at GM for
instituting modern accountancy there. HF II persuaded Breech to leave GM for Ford in the summer of
1946. So impressed was HF II with Breech’s accomplishments that HF II developed a stock option plan
for Breech, and thus Breech became the first non-family member to own stock in the company.
Together with Ernest Breech, HF II instituted intra-company communication programs, replacing the
secrecy that had characterized the prior management. They eliminated the “fear factor” that had
characterized Henry’s and Bennett’s style in later years. They insisted on modern engineering and
styling, leading to the 1949 models which so greatly departed from the pre-war designs. And they
developed a rapport with labor that averted strikes and opened the door to collective bargaining. They
greatly expanded the tractor business and branched into production of Ford busses for the first time.
They oversaw a revolution in accounting procedures, which was Breech’s forte.
Over the years, a lot of negative things have been reported about the personal life of HF II. Be that as
it may, I think it is safe to say that, from a historical perspective, he was indispensable to the company’s
survival in the 1940s and beyond. Those in our club who treasure their post-war flathead Fords owe that
JUNE 4, 2013 MEETING MINUTES
by Neva Coffee, Secretary
Opened by, Jay
Treasurer’s report; by Larry,
5,295.05 In savings and 275.14 in checking
Car council report; by Jim,
7/13/13 is National Car Appreciation day. We would like participation. A flyer was presented for the
event. 7/13/13 at 11:00 am – 2:00pm at 1300 Third street NW Alb NM 87102 phone 505-244-1139. All
vehicles welcome, lunch, then a 3:00 pm cruise around Alb ending in Los Lunas for ice cream at 5:00
8/11/13 will be the All Clubs Picnic, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm at Oak Flat Picnic Area. Lunch served at noon
side dish appreciated. www.nmcarcouncil.org for more info.
There was a directors meeting in May, the rest of the programs were assigned. The directors discussed
the motion to reduce club dues. The directors decide to recommend against the motion. Joyce reported
that the museum car show was again a success with some awards going to some of our club members.
Joe reported that the Memorial Day picnic was “great” with 14 flatheads but did note that without the ad
in the paper we had fewer spectators. Jeff updated on the National Tour, we are getting our ad out with
some responses, and Joyce is taking flyers with her to California. We need more local participation.
The vote was put to the membership present, to reduce dues, the motion failed by majority vote.
Asked for interested parties for the Ruidoso Make A Wish show to see if we need to caravan down as
a group but little interest at this time due to conflicting events.
6/29/13 tour to Bob’s 4000 sq. ft. barn to see his collection. Meet at Smiths on Tramway and Central at
11:00. Bob’s new number is 850-2290.
7/4/13 Corrales parade and picnic at Larry’s. Meet at 9:00 behind the Elementary School to participate
in the parade. After the parade, lunch at Larry and Lorna’s on Hansen rd, bring a side dish.
July meeting subject to confirmation would be at Joyner’s museum.
Refreshments; thanks to the Pattersons and Coffees
Show and Share; for show and tell Max and Joe delighted with a postcard collection and Ford coat
Thanks to our speaker Ed Boles this evening
JULY 2, 2013 MEETING MINUTES
By Beth Jackson, Substituting for Neva Coffee, Secretary
Jeff Jackson, Vice-President, called the meeting to order. Guests present were Jim Whalen, Bobby Roy,
and Eli Contreras. Thanks to Bob and Joan Quirici for refreshments.
July 20th, meet at 9am at the McDonalds at San Mateo and Academy and caravan to the Range Café in
Bernalillo for brunch.
August 17th, meet at Smith’s at Tramway and Central to caravan to Moriarity. A restaurant will be
selected at a later time.
No decision was made on changing to the 4th Saturday for breakfast and lunch.
Birthdays and Anniversarys were announced. Cards were sent around for the Mathes family, Jasen from
Bob Agnew’s shop, and Dee Patterson who was having surgery.
Last month’s minutes were read and approved.
There will be no director’s meeting in July.
Larry Williams gave the Treasurer’s report. The balance in savings is $5295.14 and in Checking is
$108.33. Expenses this month included 62.74 for the birthday picnic, 35.00 for rent of our meeting place
and 42.21 administration expenses. The NM Tour fund took in $75 and had expenses of 62.85.
Car Council report was given by Joyce Clements. Collector Car Appreciation Day is Saturday July 13.
Mild to Wild at Summer and Third St. will be hosting a hotdog lunch from 11-12 followed by a cruise
around town, ending with ice cream in Los Lunas. The All Clubs Picnic will be August 11 from 10-3,
hopefully at Oak Flats if is reopened by then.
The tour and picnic at Bob Payne’s was a rousing success with a nice turnout of around 20 people,
including some Canadians who saw the cars and followed along. There was a nice thundershower and
Bob Agnew reported that the Tahoe meet was very good. It was well planned and executed. Bob
received a second place trophy in the Touring Class. There were 650 cars registered and 400+ on the
field. 950 people attended a well-planned final banquet. The Clements also attended.
Corrales 4th of July parade. Meet at 9:15 behind the Elementary School. If you don’t participate in the
parade, take the back way to the Acevedo’’s for the picnic following the parade. Hamburgers and hot
dogs and lemonade will be provided, bring a side dish or dessert to share.
The State Fair day for the car show will be Sunday, September 15. Plans will be announced later.
Joe announced that Jeff’s ’39 engine is on the dyno this coming Saturday for Donuts and Dyno Day.
Show and Tell: Art Leupold brought a coin sent to Ford dealers in 1953 to celebrate 50 years of Ford.
There were 6400 made. He also showed a Ford Diamond Jubilee coin celebrating the 75th anniversary
of Ford that was made in 1978. Joe Abbin said the V8 Times was advertising commemorative coins for
Henry Ford’s 150th anniversary. He ordered extra and asked who might be interested in purchasing them.
Larry Azevedo passed around a “What is it”.
The meeting was adjourned, refreshments were enjoyed, Mistee held a raffle and we all enjoyed a talk
by Bobby Roy on Coatings for engine and car parts and guns.
AUGUST 2013 CLUB ACTIVITY
August 11, NMCCC All Clubs Picnic
Oak Flat Picnic Area
All Clubs Picnic will be at Oak Flat Picnic Area. Entry is $5.00 per car, which includes lunch. Advance
tickets will be available at the meeting. Bring a side dish to go with burgers and dogs. Ice cream and
homemade toppings will be served after lunch. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle, proceeds
to go to the charity of the winner’s choice. From Albuquerque, take I-40 or Old Rte. 66 to Tijeras. Turn
right (south) on Hwy. 337. Go south for a little over 8 miles and turn left onto Oak Flat Road. Picnic will
be on your left in about a mile. Picnic hours start at 10am. Food will be served at noon.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 BOARD MEETING
By Jay Hertz
Hello, All. This is to let you know that we will be holding our September directors’/officers’ meeting on
Tuesday, September 10, at my house, 8704 La Sala Del Sur, NE (phone 296.3137) beginning at 7:30
p.m. It is near Wyoming and Candelaria. From that intersection, go east and take the second left-hand
turn bay, which is General Stillwell. Go to the end of General Stillwell, which is only about four blocks.
Where it ends, the house on the right is mine. It is a corner house with a stop sign on the property. The
entrance is on General Stillwell even though the address is on La Sala Del Sur. I will serve refreshments.
All members are welcome at our Board meetings.
2013 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President: Jay Hertz (email@example.com)
Vice-President: R. Jeff Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Neva Coffee (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Larry Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Directors: Joe Abbin (email@example.com)
Dee Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Max Glover (email@example.com)
AUGUST BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Happy Birthday to:
1 Jeannine Kontny
3 Bud Hennessy
24 Harvey Catchpole
26 Kara Williams
27 Pat Willan
29 Jim Clements
Happy Anniversary to:
19 Larry & Margaret Williams
Members are encouraged to submit articles and ads for inclusion in the newsletter, but please remember
we have space limitations. Article submissions may be reformatted for newsletter purposes, but they will
not be edited without the author’s approval. The deadline for submissions is the 20th of the month. Micki
Hughes, newsletter publisher, 505.359.3227, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATION FOR EARLY FORD V-8 CLUB MEMBERS REGARDING THE
NEW MEXICO 2013 TOUR
The tour will run from Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18, with four touring days occurring
October 15 through 18.
The dates of the tour are October 14 through 18, 2013. A welcome desk will be open on Monday,
October 14, from 3:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. at the host motel, the Elkhorn Lodge in Chama, New
The tour is organized to provide a core of interesting routes and tour activities yet provide flexibility to
tourers. Those wishing to linger longer or to deviate from the scheduled route or timetable are welcome
to do so. Driving mileage is never more than about 100 miles per day, allowing plenty of time to see the
local sights or sample the local foods or culture. The weather in October is normally very conducive to
old car touring, with pleasant 70 degree days and cool 40 to 50 degree nights. There is little likelihood
of precipitation. The planned routes avoid major highways and emphasize scenic views and historic
sites. Although sometimes reaching elevations over 7000 feet the routes are easily traversed by older
vehicles in good repair. Along each leg of the tour suggested eating establishments will be listed,
allowing choices depending on individual preferences. Each day’s tour and activities will be hosted by
one of the members of the Tumbleweed Regional Group, who will be knowledgeable about local points
of interest. At the beginning of each day the host will be available to outline the day and discuss history
and sites along the route.
Tourers should arrange for lodging in the following communities along the tour route:
1. Nights of October 14 and 15 (Monday and Tuesday) in Chama
2. Night of October 16 (Wednesday) in Taos
3. Night of October 17 (Thursday) in Santa Fe.
Lodging accommodations, reservations and payment are the responsibility of each tourer. A “host” motel
has been selected in each community. Information on other accommodations will be provided for those
unable to stay at the host motel. Early registration is the best method to assure space at the host motel.
For tourers lacking Internet access, printed lists can be obtained by contacting Jeff or Beth Jackson,
whose information appears below.
Points of interest and activities
Start of the Tour: Chama is located in northern New Mexico, within a half-day’s drive from either
Albuquerque or Denver. For those tourers wishing to include pre-tour or post-tour visits to Albuquerque,
which is the home of the Tumbleweed Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club, a list of suggested
accommodations and activities will be supplied upon request.
In Chama: The recommended activity in Chama is a ride on the historic steam-powered Cumbres and
Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels on narrow gauge track over spectacular wilderness scenery, and
a tour of the railroad’s shops, rail yard and collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, most of
which was built in the 1890s through the 1930s. The train trip selected for our tour is the one departing
Chama at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, returning to Chama at 4:05 p.m. that day, with a stop for
lunch at Osier, Colorado. To view the railroad’s website and make your reservations, visit
www.cumbrestoltec.com or call 719.376.5484 and ask for Kelly – though anyone at this number should
be able to assist you if you mention the V8 Ford Club Tour. There is no group discount but there are
discounts for retired military, AAA, or AARP.
Our host motel is the Elkhorn Lodge, www.elkhornlodge.net or 800.532.8874 or 575.756.2105. We have
reserved 22 motel rooms and 11 cabins for the nights of October 14 and 15. Cabins are of various sizes,
some accommodating as many as ten people, ideal for groups of tourers traveling together. When
reserving rooms or cabins, mention Early Ford V8 Club. Rooms or cabins not reserved by September
1, 2013, will be released to the public.
For tourers not electing to stay at the host motel, a list of accommodations in the Chama area (including
motels, hotels, RV parks, B&Bs and cabins) can be viewed on the Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce
website, http://www.chamavalley.com/lodging.html or obtained by calling 575.756.2306.
In Taos: Tourers may select from trips to the Taos Indian Pueblo (one of the largest inhabited Indian
dwellings built in adobe pueblo style), or to the home of Kit Carson. There should also be time to visit
the local art galleries (home to some of the Southwest’s premier past and present artists) and the historic
plaza with unique shops selling Indian and Hispanic wares. There are many restaurants specializing in
flavorful Mexican foods and other local cuisine.
In Taos, the motel is Quality Inn south of downtown Taos. The hotel is on Hwy. 68 just north of where
Hwy. 585 intersects, on the east side of the highway. The hotel has interior hallways, a full restaurant,
room service and bar. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and complimentary high
speed internet. Rooms have one king or two queen beds, microwave, mini refrigerator, iron/ironing
board, and coffee maker.
A full cooked-to-order breakfast is included each morning (tip is not included – please remember to tip
your server!). Your breakfast is a choice of eggs and bacon, pancakes and bacon, French toast and
bacon, or cereal and grapefruit, served from 6:30-10:30am. Complimentary soup is served from 4-6pm
in the afternoon. Residents get a Manager’s special of $1 off drinks in the lounge from 5-7pm. There
are “Early Bird Special” dinners served in the dining room until 7pm. Dinners are traditional American
or Southwestern meals at reasonable prices.
Special rate is $59, single or double occupancy, subject to availability. Rates do not include taxes,
currently 13.1875%. Each additional person is $10.00 per night. Children age 17 and under stay free
when sharing with an adult. Please note that check-in time is 3 pm; checkout is at 11 am.
To make reservations at the Quality Inn, please call 1.800.845.0648 and refer to the “Ford V-8 Club Tour”
to receive the discounted rates. A credit card is required to guarantee the reservation.
More motel options are available at www.taos.org. The Taos Visitor Center can be reached
On the road to Santa Fe: This day will feature historic sites and towns such as Chimayo, Embudo
Station, and Espanola.
In Santa Fe: Tourers may select from visiting the oldest house in America, the magnificent Spanish-style
Catholic basilica, the central plaza with excellent shopping and eating opportunities, the governor’s
palace, the State Capitol, famous art galleries on nearby Canyon Road, and various museums of art and
Note on Embudo Station: Embudo was founded in 1881 when the Denver and Rio Grande Western
Railroad opened a station (depot) there on its Chili Line. The station was named after the village San
Antonio de Embudo, located 2 miles up the Embudo River, and until 1902 both communities shared a
post office and were known jointly as Embudo. In 1900, anticipating a separate post office in the village,
San Antonio de Embudo changed its name to Dixon. When the Dixon post office opened in 1902,
however, Embudo lost its post office. Embudo got a post office again in 1905 only to lose it in 1909.
However, since 1914 Embudo has had its own post office, zip code 87531.
Today, from the state road a concrete bridge, replacing the old wooden bridge, crosses the Rio Grande
to the “Embudo Historic District” which consists of the old railway station and associated buildings.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauging station at Embudo, to measure the flow of the Rio
Grande, was the first (USGS) stream gauging station and was established by John Wesley Powell in
1888. Embudo was also the first USGS training center for hydrographers.
Note on the historic Church at Chimayo: In the early 19th Century, nineteen families lived in what was
then called El Potrero de Chimayó (potrero means pasture). The land where the Santuario now stands
belonged to Don Bernardo Abeyta, one of the first members of Los Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa
de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (the Penitentes) in the area. Also, he was probably devoted to the
Christ of Esquipulas, a pilgrimage site in Guatemala where the clay is ascribed healing power. A nephew
of Don Bernardo was christened Juan de Esquipulas in 1805.
Bernardo Abeyta built a small chapel to the Christ of Esquipulas on the present site around 1810. On
November 15, 1813, he wrote to Father Sebastián Álvarez, the parish priest of Santa Cruz de la Cañada,
asking him to write to the Episcopal See of Durango for permission to build a bigger church in which the
people of El Potrero could worship Jesus as he appeared at Esquipulas and could hear Mass. The next
day, Fr. Álvarez wrote the letter, mentioning that cures were reported and many pilgrims were arriving.
On February 8, 1814, Francisco Fernáández Valentín, Vicar General of the Diocese of Durango, wrote
back with permission. By 1816 the chapel was replaced by the present church.
Abeyta’s daughter, Carmen Abeyta de Chaves, inherited the property and kept it despite an attempt to
force her to give it to the Church; a major source of her income was donations from pilgrims. Her
daughter, María de los Ángeles Chaves, inherited it in turn and was the owner as of 1915. In 1929, when
the owners were in financial trouble, members of the newly formed Spanish Colonial Arts Society bought
the property and donated it to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
El Santuario de Chimayó was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
As part of our tour of Northern NM our group will have the opportunity to spend the evening in Santa Fe,
NM one of the oldest and most charming cities in the US. There are numerous options for places to stay
but we have made arrangements with two that offer different samples of the local culture. Both are 3-4
star establishments with secure free parking very near the heart of Santa Fe. Both offer special rates for
our group. See below.
Old Santa Fe Inn
320 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
This is a small (43 units) and charming 40’s vintage motor court located only five blocks southwest of the
historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza. The central location allows one to walk to the best of what Santa Fe
has to offer, including more than seventy-five diverse and splendid restaurants, several museums, and
scores of uncommon shops and galleries. Nearby are the famous Loretto Chapel with its miraculous
staircase, the San Miguel Mission (the oldest church in the United States), and the Palace of the
Governors, the oldest governmental building in the United States. The warmth and colorful history of
Santa Fe is reflected in their guest room furnishings, which are hand-made by local craftsmen, and with
fabrics and rugs patterned from the Museum of New Mexico’s collection of local antique furniture and
textiles. Beloved local artist Willard Clark’s woodcuts decorate the walls and refer to a simpler time when
noteworthy artists and writers were first enchanted with Santa Fe. More information on the Old Santa
Fe Inn can be found on their web site, www.oldsantafeinn.com.
They offer our group members a special rate of $135 plus tax for a traditional room with a queen bed on
October 17, 2013 and for one additional night if desired. Other options include a rate of $145 plus tax
for a traditional room with a king bed and $155 plus tax for a traditional room with two queen beds for
the same dates. These special rates will be available until September 17, 2013, and members will be
able to cancel with seventy-two hours notice without penalty. After the 30-day cut-off, their standard
room rates will apply. They do not charge for parking or internet access. A full hot breakfast is also
included in the rates.
To reserve the special rates, club members should call the reservations department at 1.800.734.9910
and ask for the Early Ford V8 Club rate.
Hotel Santa Fe
The Hacienda & Spa
1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Direct 1.877.259.3409 or Fax 505.955.7835
The second recommended lodging is the elegant Hotel Santa Fe. It is a large (170+ units), full service
facility that includes an outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center & spa (Early Ford of America Group will
receive a 15% discount at the spa), and a restaurant and bar. The restaurant specializes in Native
American and New Mexican Cuisine and is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The pueblo style
hotel is partially owned by the Picuris Indians and is filled with over a million dollars worth of Native
American artwork. The hotel is located just down the street from the Old Santa Fe Inn thus facilitating
visits between guests of the two facilities. The hotel has a free shuttle that operates on demand and
covers the downtown area for those that prefer not to walk. Their website below can provide a virtual
The Hotel Santa Fe will be holding 15 rooms each night for October 17, 18, and 19, 2013 for the
Tumbleweed Early Ford of America Group at a discounted rate of $149 for their Picuris Junior Suites (one
king and a convertible couch). Other options are available. Individuals will be responsible for their own
reservations and room charges. The rooms will be held until September 17, 2013, so you should make
your reservations prior to that date for the group rate.
On the final touring day: The tour will travel to Los Alamos, site of the development of the atomic
bomb, present-day Los Alamos Laboratories, and tour the Bradbury Atomic Museum, and will then travel
to Bandelier National Monument with its Indian cave dwellings and beautiful forests along the Rio Grande
The cost of the tour is $25. Tourers will be provided a packet of handout materials and maps.
Registration must be received by September 1, 2013. All other expenses are the responsibility of each
tourer. Tourers are responsible for providing their own insurance. The Tumbleweed Regional Group and
its members assume no responsibility for accidents, injuries, damages or losses of any nature. Questions
regarding any aspect of the tour should be directed to Jeff or Beth Jackson by phone 505.908.7565 or
Registration may be done online at the TumbleweedV8 website www.abqfordFlatheadV8.com or by mail.
Mailed in registrations and all checks should be sent to:
Jeff and Beth Jackson
8322 Calle Picaflor NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Registration confirmation will be supplied when the registration fee is received.
Make Checks Payable to: Tumbleweed Regional Group
SEPTEMBER SWAP MEET
By Joyce Clements
The registrations for the September 27-29 Swap Meet have been mailed out and e-mailed. If you did not
receive one and need one, please call Joyce at 884.7912, or e-mail email@example.com. Early
registration is on! Register soon for the best choice of spots.
WESTERN NATIONAL MEET AT SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
By Joyce Clements
Three families from the Tumbleweed RG represented New Mexico at the Western National Meet in June.
Bob Agnew drove his 1951 Ford, accompanied by Randy McEntire, through LasVegas, then north to
Lake Tahoe. He made good time, in air-conditioned comfort, and ended up at the meet with no problems.
Mistee Thomson took the big bird route, with his sister, and joined his brother there for the meet. The
Clements went in the '96 pickup (it was a Ford V8), and took the route through the Four Corners and
eastern Utah, to Hwy 50, “The Loneliest Highway in America.” This is across northern Utah and Nevada.
The road seemed to alternate between flat and straight through some dry lake beds, and some pretty
neat mountains. The mountains weren't as tall as the Rockies, but they were steeper, with lots of curves
in the road. There was little traffic, and the scenery was great. All in all a very nice journey.
The meet was very large, with over 625 reservations, which gave us lots of old and new friends to visit
with. The welcome party was crowded and the food line long, but we did each get a monogrammed wine
glass and some non-alcoholic cider to toast the 50 years of the V8 Club.
The Concours had several hundred cars on display. Cars varied from very nice Rouge class cars, to
spectacular restorations, to lots of tourers. Jim & Will judged Lincolns, and Joyce judged 39-40 Fords,
which was a lot of fun. Bob entered his '51 in Touring Class and won 3rd Place in class. Mistee was on
hand taking tons of pictures of people – he said he already had lots of pictures of cars.
The next day was a drive along Lake Tahoe, then over the mountains to Virginia City, an old Gold Rush
town. We wound up in Genoa, the oldest city in Nevada, and we took over the City park for a great BBQ.
A museum and an old Pony Express station kept us entertained.
The awards banquet reportedly had over 900 people, but the caterers got everyone served very quickly,
and the food was good. The awards were really nice (miniature flathead engines), but it took almost
forever to get them all handed out.
So we bid good-bye to Nevada and headed home, stopping off at some railroad museums on the way.
But that's another story.
EARLY FORD V-8 FOUNDATION & MUSEUM
by Joyce Clements
The Ford Foundation was on hand at the Tahoe meet, collecting donations and selling the
Commemorative Henry Ford coin that celebrates his 150th birthday. These are pretty coins, and they can
be purchased from the Foundation for $10. Souvenir Rotunda gearshift knobs are also available for
1934, 1935, and 1936. Go to the web site, and check out the “Ford Store” to see all the neat “stuff” and
books for sale. These are great for helping you with your projects, or just for entertaining reading.
The Foundation is also sponsoring a Motorfest in August. This will give people an opportunity to see the
V8 Museum in Auburn. See the V8 TIMES or the web site for details.
Find out more about the Foundation at www.fordv8foundation.org. There is a donation page now on the
web site where you can make a donation or buy a brick in memory of a fellow enthusiast. Support your
local V8 Ford Foundation.
OTHER NEARBY ACTIVITIES
August 3 – 3rd Annual Boy Scouts/Order of the Arrow Car, Motorcycle Show – Manzano Mesa
Multigenerational Center, 500 Elizabeth SE – Entry $25 to July 20, $30 after, proceeds to benefit
scholarships to scout camps, conferences – 9am-3pm – Phillip Reyes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 9-11 – Deuschemarque XII Driver School, Road Race & High Performance Driving Experience
– NAPA Speedway, 100 Speedway Park Blvd.SW – Spectators free – $50 to $225 entry, depending on
participation level – Designed for fun – John Slenes, email@example.com.
August 10 – Los Lunas South Rte. 66 Hint Cruz – Wells Fargo Bank, Bosque Farms – 6:00pm – David
Silva, 505.550.8415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 10 – 14th Annual Car Show – Rich Ford, Edgewood – 800.673.9935.
August 10 – Team Cutters Show & Rockabilly Music – NM Highlands Golf Course, Las Vegas – C.
August 10 – North 4th Exploratory Arts Car Show – N. 4th Art Center, 4904 4th St. NW – Entry $15 for
educational/cultural classes for adults w/developmental disabilities – Live music, art show, prizes, raffle,
food, vendors – Register 8-9:45am, show 10am-4pm – Registration forms at N. 4th Art Center, Mild to
Wild Classics, Motiva Performance, Audio Express, or http://vsartsnm.org, or call 345.2140.
August 10-11 – 9th Annual Calendar Car Show – Route 66 Casino Hotel – Entry $20 – Awards, trophies,
calendar picks – Setup 8-10:30am, show 10:30-5pm each day – Music, entertainment evenings, chili
cook-off championship – 505.332.9222.
August 11 – Los Ojos de la Familia 3rd Annual Charity Car Show – Hartnett Park, 6718 Rio Grande NW,
Registration 9am, show 10am-2pm – Entry $25 – Benefit NM families – Linda Strauss,
email@example.com or www.losojosdelafamilia.org or 459.7413.
August 16-17 – 22nd Run to Copper Country – Gough Park, Silver City – Pre-'79 – Doug Colgan
575.388.3468 or www.coppercountrycruisers.com.
August 17 – 2nd Annual Car Show – Estancia City Park, 8th & Highland – Sponsored by Independent
Businesses of Estancia Area – Parade 9:30am – Donations accepted to sponsor future shows –
Registration 9:30am, show 12-4:30pm – Open to cars, tractors, antique engines, motorcycles, RVs, 25
years and older – Tommy Crosswhite, 505.384.2579(w), 384.2575(h) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 17 – Northern New Mexico Junkyard Classics 3rd Annual Car Show – Molly’s Kitchen, 1611 Calle
Lorca, Santa Fe – Entry $30, pet food & supplies donations welcomed – Benefit area animal shelters –
Set-up 8-11am, show 11am-5pm – Goody bag, T-shirt, dash plaques, trophies, live music, food, door
prizes – Andrew Cruz, 505.927.1049 or email@example.com.
August 17 – 4th Annual Wine & Shine Classic Car Show – Wines of the San Juan, 233 Hwy 511, Blanco
– 10am-4pm – Music, food, awards – 505.632.0879 or www.winesofthesanjuan.com.
August 18 – Sunday Is Funday Car Show – Loma Colorado Park, Rio Rancho – Pre-'80 – 891.5004.
August 23-24 – 18th Taos Autumn Run – Kit Carson Park, Paseo del Pueblo Sur – Pre-'80 – Entry $35
for Youth Scholarships – Register 5pm on 23rd, show 8am-10pm on 24th – Anthony,
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.taosautoenthusiasts.com.
August 24 – Car Show & Flea Market – Community Center, Mayhill – Jack Burns, 575.687.2465.
August 24 – Mopar Challenge Race – Abq Dragway – 4pm – No Bull Races as well –
August 25 – Make-A-Wish Classic Car Show – Reliable Chevrolet, 9901 Coors Blvd. NW – Rio Grande
Corvette Club – Jerry Ihriskey, 505.400.2348 or Pat Salerno, 505.867.6784 or www.rgcc.us.
For information/flyers about area events: http://nmcarcouncil.net/events-2/
August 28-31, 2013
There will be a Motorfest in Sauder Village, Archbold, OH this summer. The tour will include a caravan
to the V8 Museum in Auburn. Get a registration form at http://fordv8foundation.org/mf5.html, or contact
Pat Fenner, 937.382.1678 or email@example.com.